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These Olympian MAKERS Define What It Means to Be a Winner After Recovering From Loss

With so much excitement surrounding breaking records and winning medals at the 2016 Summer Games, the competing athletes who came close to being awarded those shiny medals are frequently overshadowed.

Although many athletes may not be taking home the coveted awards for their country, their successes are not to be forgotten.

Click through the gallery above to read quotes from eight Olympian MAKERS who truly define what it means to be a champion, against all odds.

Tell us, who is one of your favorite #OlympianMAKERS? Use the hashtag to join the conversation on social media.

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